Do you have teeth that have been hurting lately? Have you been putting off going to the dentist because of the potential for more pain? While getting your teeth worked on will ultimately make you and your mouth feel better, there's no denying that nobody really likes going to the dentist in the first place. However, some of the excuses that you might be giving to avoid setting up an appointment to have your teeth worked on may not be as convincing as you might think. Instead of continuing to put off going to the dentist, here are some things that you should consider.
1. Better pain relief: Whether a root canal treatment is needed or just a simple filling, many people are understandably afraid of the pain that might be a result of the necessary drilling. But what you may not realize is that dentists have access to a wider range of anesthetics than they might have had just a few decades ago. If one anesthetic doesn't actually help with numbing the pain, your dentist should have one or two more options to try. The result should be a nearly pain-free dental experience that won't make you want to avoid future visits to your dentist.
2. Fewer health issues: A tooth that is damaged can easily get infected, whether or not it's currently infected. Not only can this infection cause pain but this infection could also spread to the rest of your body. Painful abscesses have the potential to result in sepsis, or blood poisoning. An emergency root canal treatment can resolve the issue, ensuring that your tooth doesn't have the chance to become infected and will be unlikely to cause problems for you in the future. In the long run, having healthy teeth will mean that your body as a whole is also healthier.
3. Save money: Getting your teeth repaired now may not be cheap, but the longer you wait, the more the costs can go up. Right now, you might only need a filling. If you put it off for a few months, you may need a root canal treatment to get your tooth back in shape. If you continue to put it off after that, you may need to have one or more teeth extracted and for you to use partial dentures to replace the lost teeth. The sooner that you can get your teeth checked out and worked on now, the more money you'll wind up saving.